Complete the Gap Trail Project
August 2016– Request for Proposals. Mandatory site visit on Wednesday August 17. Proposals due on Wednesday August 24.
About the Project
Crystal Springs Dam at the northern end of Complete the Gap Trail. The Dam Trail will be completed in Fall 2017.
Complete the Gap Trail - Roadside shoulder of Skyline Boulevard.
On the south the Complete the Gap Trail ends at the northernmost gate of South of Dam Trail.
The future Complete the Gap Trail Project (Project) will be part of an eventual 17.5-mile Crystal Springs Regional Trail (CSRT) system that stretches from the City of San Bruno to the Town of Woodside along the eastern side of the San Francisco Watershed reservoirs. Today the CSRT serves over 1,000,000 hikers, joggers, equestrians, and cyclists annually and is one of the most popular facilities operated by San Mateo County Parks. Hundreds of people of all ages can be seen on a given day, from parents with children in strollers to distance runners to groups of walkers. Equestrians and in-line skaters are also commonly seen along the trail. Visitation continues to grow as people seek nearby places to recreate, socialize, and enjoy nature. In fact, many local recreational clubs and groups training for events can be seen on weekends.
Location & Background
16.1 miles of the 17.5-mile CSRT alignment are now complete. We are striving to eliminate the last remaining gaps to finish the overall trail. We have already completed the easiest CSRT trail segments that involved converting existing service roads to trail. Now we are focused on the smaller more complicated gaps. This Project eliminates a 800’-long gap to connect the Crystal Springs Dam Trail to the Crystal Springs Regional South of Dam Trail which is located at the southernmost part of Sawyer Camp Trail of the CSRT in the San Francisco Peninsula Watershed. The 0.84 mile-long Crystal Springs Regional Trail South of Dam to the south was completed in 2014. The Crystal Springs Dam Bridge Road and Trail will be completed in 2018 followed by some on-site renovations by Pacific Gas and Electric. This Project is the remaining segment to provide contiguous trail from San Bruno Avenue to Highway 92.
A Class I Bikeway segment on the western shoulder of Skyline Boulevard will connect the Crystal Springs Dam Trail to the South of Dam Trail for trail users. The Project will consist of an approximately 10’-wide paved/gravel trail with a barrier on the east and a chain-link fence on the west. These barriers will provide safety and separation for trail users from automobile traffic and wildlife and are roadway shoulder standards for Caltrans and regional path standards for San Francisco Public Utilities Commission which owns the San Francisco Peninsula Watershed. The chain-link fence will have breaks to accommodate wildlife crossing as guided by the environmental documents.
Rules and regulatory signage will direct cyclists, pedestrians, and possibly equestrians along the Class I Bikeway. Striping in the middle of the trail will guide trail users to stay to their right.
Partners in Developing the Complete the Gap Trail
San Mateo County thanks the partners who are assisting in the funding and design of this important new trail segment. The San Mateo County Transportation Authority and San Mateo County have provided the funds for the planning phase.
For questions or comments about the Complete the Gap Trail, or to receive project updates via email, please contact Cecily Harris, Development Consultant at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-363-4027.